Feminist policy must make a difference in people’s daily lives and experiences

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Since 21 January 2019, Sweden has a new feminist Government.
“We will use our policies to build a society in which all people have equal value and equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities, and in which no one is limited by their gender,” say Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen.

 Prime Minister and Minister of Gender Equality
“Gender equality is a matter of justice. We see the inequality between women and men as a social problem. And this is where policy can create change,” say Stefan Löfven and Åsa Lindhagen. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

A more gender-equal society

“We’re now proudly and vigorously continuing to build a gender-equal society for everyone, a society where women and men, girls and boys can live their lives to their full potential, where no one is held back. This is how we build a stronger society and a safer Sweden,” says Stefan Löfven.

The Government will take decisions and implement policies that offer new opportunities for those living in Sweden. The Government’s overall policy will redistribute power and resources for a more gender-equal society; the aim is for women and men to have the same power to shape society and their own lives.

A matter of human rights

Gender equality is also a matter of human rights. With a clear gender perspective in its policies, the Government wants to achieve more in developing all areas of society. Gender equality is part of the solution to the challenges Sweden is facing. To tackle the challenges in the labour market, integration, schools and health care, the Government has to understand and take into account the needs and prevailing circumstances of women, men, girls and boys.

“To achieve more and take new steps, the Government will continue to include the gender perspective in all our efforts and continue to implement a gender responsive budget. A feminist government allocates resources and takes decisions that result in gender equality,” say Stefan Löfven and Åsa Lindhagen.

All ministers are pursuing feminist policy

“I am proud to be Minister for Gender Equality in a feminist government, with overall responsibility for our gender equality policy. But the work is carried out by all my minister colleagues; Sweden actually has 23 gender equality ministers, not just one. All ministers in the Government pursue a feminist policy in their respective policy areas,” says Åsa Lindhagen.

Being a feminist government means that the Government wants to make a difference in people’s daily lives and experiences. The Government will redouble its efforts to combat violence and oppression, and will prevent and combat both men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression. Children and young people must live secure lives, in school and at home. The Government will also continue to promote the economic empowerment of women, and combat women’s ill health. The integration of women and men who come to Sweden must work better. The Government want integration to be feminist, with a clear gender perspective.